Author Archive for mckenziesteele

Cancelled Shifts

Having grown up ski racing competitively, I was so excited to be working the alpine events!   Unfortunately, when my first shift came along, the event got rescheduled because of strong winds. A bummer, but not the end of the world. I went and met the group for some company meetings. My second shift was supposed to be the next…

USA House

We had the opportunity to visit the USA House! This is a place that not many people get to see, since it is one of the national houses that is closed to the public. It is decorated so beautifully with Team USA items and sponsor sleds painted to represent the sponsor company. It is meant to be a space that…

IOC Training

Today, we had our first day of training with the IOC. They taught us what we would be doing over the next few weeks!   For those who may not know, we are on a short-term study abroad program with school and our purpose is to collect data on security, seating, and transportation that the IOC can use to plan…

Looking the part

We are so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work with the International Olympic Committee to help them gather data to help plan and produce future Games. As part of this team, we are lucky enough to be fully outfitted in the same gear as the IOC (we have to look official, after all)! Today we went to…

Visiting the DMZ

Leading up to this trip, I had people asking me if I was going to do a DMZ tour. I honestly hadn’t given it any thought and when I finally did the idea scared me (if you don’t know, the DMZ or Demilitarized Zone is essentially a 4km border between North and South Korea). The more I looked into it…

Spa days are good for the Seoul

I’ve been full of Seoul puns since we got here and I’m sure my friends are really sick of seeing them on my Instagram but it hasn’t stopped me yet!   When I found out I was accepted to this program, I knew I wanted to have a spa day in South Korea. Korean beauty products are all the rage…

Finally On Our Way!

The day we’ve long-awaited is finally here – we are on our way to the Olympics! Caroline and I (along with our 34 pound bag of snacks) have a 25-hour travel time, going from DCA-LAX-ICN. It will be the longest flight I’ve ever taken, but I couldn’t be more excited to finally visit Asia and the Olympics!   Leg one…